10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 1997
This is a heartwarming story for children of all ages.
My 2 year old sat fascinated as I read to her. She
examined each illustration closely. It is a warm,
cozy book for a cold winter day. The detailed art work
compliments the text and allows children to be drawn deeply
into the story.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2000
This is a story of a community of mice that wear clothes and have wonderful lives. The mice of Brambly Hedge love celebrations. Two young mice find a secret staircase while preparing for a winter celebration, and their adventure begins. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They help you to imagine the fantastic lives of these enchanting mice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 1999
A lovely tale of mice that wear clothes and live in trees and have ever so charming lives that for the duration of the book,you feel as though you are there."The Secret Staircase" captures that cozy, special feeling that the holiday season brings out. I recommend the Brambley Hedge books to anyone of any age who wants to be captivated by a group of fictional mice with real heart.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2011
This beautiful little book rounds out our collection of Brambly Hedge books. This is a stand out with the heightened sense of adventure and mystery with the discovery of the secret staircase that leads Wilfred and Primrose into the chambers of the Woodmouce ancestors. The underlying theme in this story is Midwinter which I think is a great alternative to Christmas and opens questions for kids about this holiday which is an ancient celebration. I love the detailed maps and drawings that accompany the story and the little descriptions which fill in the corners of your mind while reading.
I read this and other Brambly Hedge books to my kids who are 6 and 4 and they adore them, sitting quietly, listening intently through the book. My 6 year old reads this book as well with some help from me. Vocabulary is hard in this story but the fact that it introduces new words not ordinarily seen in modern books is a bonus.
This is a wonderful book I highly recommend for parents to share with their kids.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
The stories are simple and sweet and the illustrations are wonderful. One can spend hours looking at the detailed cut-aways of the underground homes with their kitchens, bedrooms, storage rooms, etc.
Young children will love hearing the stories and exploring the illustrations.